At BodyFi, a quality coterie of personal trainers reform bodies with nutritional analysis, personal training and Pilates courses, as well as group fitness classes, which have garnered praise from Details magazine. Group classes accommodate no more than 12 beginning students or 14 advanced students and include ViPR, HardCORE, TRX, Barre Boot Camp, and kettlebell workouts. Personal training fills 30?60-minute time slots with routines customized for women, men, partners, and man-camel hybrids.
Even though it resides in the Financial District, The Hidden Vine couldn’t be further removed from the hustle and bustle of the workday. Exposed brick walls and large industrial windows backdrop lamp-lit tables set for two, wooden beams crisscross overhead, and comfy armchairs crowd a rosy fireplace. With these comforts, the wine bar strives to offer a slice of wine country in the midst of urban life. And its more than 140 wines, with 40 available by the glass, match the atmosphere in appeal to the point that Travel+Leisure named The Hidden Vine one of America’s best wine bars. The pours hail from all over the globe—Italy, Spain, Germany—and to ensure no region goes untasted, the spot features a different one each month. The wines pair perfectly with a modest food menu of meats, cheeses, and flatbreads, many composed of ingredients from nearby Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. But perhaps the most unique aspect of The Hidden Vine is a bocce ball court that groups can reserve to enhance a quiet night out or to test the airspeed velocity of a leg of prosciutto.
JAQK Cellars may truly be an antidote against all of the snootiness and unapproachability that exists in the wine world. The small label bottles eight of its own wines using grapes from Napa and Sonoma, but doesn’t stop there. Instead, those same winemakers pair their creations with selections of charcuterie, cheese and fruit from local purveyors, inside of their own Jackson Street tasting room which, perhaps as a nod to their likeability, is housed right inside their corporate offices. This is all much to the delight of the many birthday parties and other large groups who tend to populate the private weekday-only, appointment-only, space, where long wooden tables make for great gathering areas and a rooftop patio offers fantastic views of the city’s Transamerica building. A night out here may even have the winemakers present, and a bottle or two to take home will certainly spruce up a home cellar.